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This program is designed for experienced professionals seeking to advance in their careers as senior business managers, consultants, researchers, or faculty. Develop and apply research to address practical issues in your area of business interest such as strategy, information management, marketing, finance, accounting, or operations.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializations

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation
Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

Quality and Professional Relevance

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate and apply theory and scholarly research to develop innovative approaches to business problems in global and diverse environments.
  2. Apply and communicate strategic approaches to business practice and planning.
  3. Develop and apply critical thinking to business problems and opportunities.
  4. Integrate internal and external data with analytical techniques to support evidence-based decision making.
  5. Integrate ethical concepts and integrity into sustainable business models.
  6. Develop expertise within and across functional and cross-functional disciplines.
  7. Apply collaborative techniques to develop relationships, partnerships, and alliances.

Doctor of Business Administration Degree Graduates

Data from graduates of the Doctor of Business Administration have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

      Career Preparation
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

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Career Preparation
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 90%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 70%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 70%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career  & Professional Accomplishments
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 44%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 39%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 33%

Received a salary increase: 17%

Received a promotion: 33%

 

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Doctor of Business Administration Degree Graduates

Data from graduates of the Doctor of Business Administration have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella
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Satisfaction with Capella
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 80%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 92%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 88%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
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Skills & Abilities
Doctor of Business Administration Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately: 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 90%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity: 89%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 89%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Doctor in Business Administration Outcomes

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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